On May 19th New Historic Thomas along with Mountain Laurel Learning Cooperative joined forces to clean up downtown Thomas. A group of around 30 individuals gathered together for the third annual clean up and got our downtown looking A+ not only for ArtSpring, but also the rest of the summer. The Mountain Laurel students were rock stars tackling the railroad grade. They each collected at least one bag of trash making our town as clean as possible. The other two groups took on Spruce Street, Ash Alley, and the city hall garden. The week leading up to the clean up Thomas had been experiencing a week of constant rain, and the morning of the clean up was no different. Though we were a bit concerned we would have to delay the event, the community members involved maintained a positive attitude and we were greeted with blue skies, sunshine, and warm weather. The day couldn’t have been more perfect.
After three years of hosting this event, we are shocked and excited with how clean Thomas has become in recent years. Many individuals who have attended the clean up over the years mentioned how much better our town has been looking over the years. These service days in a way have created a snowball effect on the community. It has encouraged individuals to continue to pick up the downtown even if there were not specific clean up dates. We are incredibly grateful to the individuals who continue each year to attend this event and to keep our small city as clean as possible. We cannot thank Mountain Laurel enough for helping each year to make this such a great day.